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  • Put me in coach. I'm ready to play today (but only if I have a cool walk up song)

       April 05, 2009

    Tomorrow is opening day! Of course, my Brewers don't start the season until Tuesday, but that's not the point. The point is, is that baseball is here. That means that Spring is here. And with spring comes two things I truly love: Leinie's Summer Shandy and walk up songs.

    A baseball player's walk up song should, through music and lyrics, tell the crowd a little something about the player and possibly describe what he's going to do to the ball - all in the first 5 to 10 seconds of the song. For example, on the Brewers, Ryan Braun's 2008 walk up song, "Go Getta" says "I'm young, hip and completely inoffensive. I'm also a go getter." The slow jam Prince Fielder used said "I'm a smooth operator, baby". And Corey Hart's choice of "International Harvester" was his way of telling the crowd "I'm a dumb hick who will always swing at the first pitch." (Yeah, it's possible I'm still a little bitter about that).

    Anyway, in the spirit of lists about music, here are ten great walk up songs for major leaguers everywhere to consider using this summer.

    • "Bring Tha Noize", by Anthrax with Public Enemy.
      What it says: I'm going hit the sh*t out of that ball.
      What is also says: I would like some crowd encouragement in order to do that.

    • "I Told You I Was Freaky", by Flight of the Conchords.
      What it says: I'm freaky.
      What it also says: I have a great sense of humor and enjoy New Zealand comedy.

    • Wild Thing, by The Troggs.
      What it says: I'm a wild thing.
      What it also says: I really like the movie "Major League".

    • "Song 2", by Blur.
      What it says: Woohoo!
      What it also says: Woohoo!

    • "Strokin', by Clarence Carter.
      What it says: I know how to stroke the bat.
      What it also says: I'm not just talking about my bat, ladies.

    • Llame pa Verte, by Wisin & Yandel.
      What it says: I celebrate and respect the Latin influence in modern baseball.
      What it also says: I'm dancing sexy!

    • "Them Bones", by Alice in Chains.
      What it says: I'm very angry.
      What it also says: None of this matters because we're all going to die.

    • "Goody Two Shoes", by Adam and the Ants.
      What it says: I don't drink and I don't smoke.
      What it also says: I may be lying to you through song.

    • "Chicken Train", by Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
      What it says: I'm a bigger hick than Corey Hart.
      What it also says: I would never play for the New York Yankees because I someday plan to have a full, long beard.

    • "Any Way You Want It", by Journey
      What it says: If you need a home run, I can do that. If you need a bunt, sacrifice fly, etc., I can also do that.
      What it also says: again ladies, I'm not just talking about baseball

    If I was a major league baseball player, I know I'd choose "Bring Tha Noize", but what about you?

    Posted by at April 5, 2009 04:40 PM

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    #  April 5th, 2009 8:22 PM      KVBigSis
    Back in my fast pitch softball days, I actually HAD a walk-up song, and it was "Stand Back" by Stevie Nicks. Of course, it was the walk-up song for the first three batters in our lineup and we were the only ones singing it.

    I think Ryan Braun should use "Shark Attack" by the Wailing Souls.

    "Back, back coming with the double attack
    Step back, here comes the shark attack"

    Or, he could go for the double entendre of Tom Waits and "Ice Cream Man"

    "I got a cherry popsicle right on time; a big stick, Mama, that'll blow your mind.."  
    #  April 5th, 2009 9:59 PM      BVBigBro
    Summer shandy? I'm drinking a Leinie's sunset wheat, a better summer beer.

    I always thought the players should screw with the team for their themes. They could pick some sick love ballad or some classical or some opera.

    It would be fun to have a baseball crowd singing "kill the wabbit...", which is what they would know it as.
    #  April 5th, 2009 10:12 PM      kris
    You know, I almost put "What's Opera, Doc" on the list. The "What it also says" part was going to be: I am the coolest baseball player ever.

    I really prefer the Shandy to the Sunset Wheat, but I recognize that the Shandy's not for everyone.  
    #  April 10th, 2009 10:58 AM      james

    #  April 10th, 2009 11:40 AM      kris

    This doesn't help me think more highly of Corey Hart ;-)  
    #  April 10th, 2009 1:28 PM      kris
    someone needs to write Yovani Gallardo a song (YoGa!)  



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